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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Definitions for denouement

  1. the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.
  2. the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
  3. the place in the plot at which this occurs.

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Citations for denouement
Both the irrational-Nixon and the rational-Nixon theories lead to the same denouement: "My fellow Americans ... farewell." Richard Reeves, "Nixon in the Twilight Zone," New York, November 5, 1973
Yet, inexorably, he must be carried on to the final grim denouement. Every step he took seemed to be charted in advance. Arthur J. Burks, "The White Wasp," All Detective, May 1933
Origin of denouement
1745-1755
Denouement is from the French word meaning literally “an untying,” equivalent to dénouer “to untie.” It ultimately derives from Latin nōdāre, derivative of nōdus “knot.” It entered English in the mid-1700s.